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The June 25 documentary screening/concert was very successful and well attended.
I thank all those who came out. I also want to thank the musicians Matt Senjem, Michael Bissonnette, Gregg Inhofer and Gary Schulte.
Now I will turn my attention to enjoying the summer and putting the finishing touches on the new album I have been assembling for the past two years. The tracks for the new project are, of course, all original. A few of the tunes have appeared before but are presented in new guises.
The concept of the recording goes back to my first years as a musician. At age 14 my mother gave me a reel to reel recorder that could record “sound on sound.” This meant I could overdub one guitar track over another. This is how I learned to assemble music and write songs.
All of the songs on the new record started this way but in many cases I added other instruments beyond the two guitars that are the basis of each piece. The musicians who guest on this upcoming album are Matt Senjem on bass, Gregg Inhofer on piano and synth, Michael Bissonnette on percussion and Denny Malmberg on accordion. Other pieces remain as a two guitar or multi-guitar track.
The songs (as of now) are Bohemian Flats, Chrysanthemum, Tango Blue, Vienna Blues, Kiki, Rara Avis, 1965, Gotham, Goatee and Shades, Matka, Silesian Mist and Pavane.
I think it should be ready by late September. I will keep you posted here.
As of now, this is the projected song list. The theater does have a Steinway, so Gregg will play that instrument. A nice plus of playing at this hall.
The set list is mainly my own music. I do include Nuages, by Django Reinhardt just because he is so essential to my history and I am identified as one of his many descendants. My Girl is included because it was in my first set list at 12 years old and I still have followers who like to hear me sing a couple of songs.
Bohemian Flats and Chrysanthemum are new pieces of mine which will be played for the first time live.
As I said before, Matt and Michael have been my main partners for years. Gregg and I have been friends for longer than Matt has been alive, and Gregg and I have played on many recordings together. This show however will be the first time Gregg and I play a live gig together.
The Set for June 25th, 2017:
1) Through Rose Colored Glasses (solo guitar)
2) Butterfly (trio start here)
3) Beatnik Pie
4) July (vocal)
6) East Side
7) Sans Souci
10) Silesian Mist
11) Rococo (quartet Gregg start)
13) Bohemian Flats
14) Up Town
15) My Girl (vocal)
Hope you’ll stop by and enjoy the show and live music. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can click here.
My mother was a very keen music fan. Even in my pre-school years I remember listening to her records with her on her tiny Hi-Fi set. She collected 45 RPM 7 inch singles. In those days the “singles” had picture sleeves which added to the fascination for me. Her favorites were Hank Williams (Senior, that is, not his less talented offspring) and The Everly Brothers.
I developed a sort of record buying fixation and I would convince her to purchase a new record every week. This was a big thrill to me. We would walk down to Red Owl each week and I would scour their small record rack. Red Owl was a grocery chain but the store two blocks from our house had magazines and records as well.
I got my first guitar at the age of six and this interest in recorded music only intensified.
I so wanted to make records that I would ask my mother to write my name on the label of a record (one I was less fond of) just to see what my name would look like on a recording.
My career choice was thus made at a very tender age. This is probably inadvisable but my passion was pretty intense and those embers still have some glow left.
I have since made and played on many records including 45s, LPs, cassettes, CDs and MP3’s.
Please join us on Sunday, June 25th, 2017, for a screening of the documentary A Life Well Played, plus I’ll be performing a set of music with Matt Senjem, Micheal Bissonnette and Gregg Inhofer.